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Damjan Pejcinoski


Damjan Pejcinoski (born October 25, 1984), is a Macedonian guitarist, specializing in many styles of music including jazz fusion, gypsy jazz, blues, rock, country, traditional, and many others. Damjan began playing guitar at the age of 6, but his real interest started at age 14. After graduating from high school in his hometown Ohrid, where he still lives today, he enrolled in the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia and NBU University in a study program. He was accepted with a full scholarship in the field of jazz and graduated with a Master’s degree.

Over the course of his musical career, Damjan has won numerous national and international performances and awards. In June 2009, he was a finalist in the global guitar competition, Guitar Idol, held in London. In 2010, he won 2 international guitar competitions: Shred This Too and Ziua Chitarelor in Romania. In May 2010, he represented his country as part of the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo as a participant on the stage, and in April 2013, was a soloist in The Presidential Orchestra of Belarus in Minsk, Belarus. In July 2017, he held 4 concerts in China with his own gypsy jazz trio where he received a personal award in a special ceremony from the Major of the city Landzhou for Excellence in Performance. He also began teaching at a variety of music schools, including the Faculty of Music in Skopje where he was Head of the Guitar Department.

Damjan’s concerts, tours, and masterclasses have taken him everywhere including Australia, China, the USA, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and many others. He has performed and shared the stage with names such as Jeniffer Batten, Stu Hamm, Michael Lee Firkins, and Andreas Oberg.

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"Damjan is quite possibly the best new guitar talent I have ever seen and heard. He has absolutely amazing technique and plays with confidence and maturity. He is definitely one of the new, young emerging guitar stars. "

Michael Batio